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Dec 17, 2012 6:30pm EST
>>> on our broadcast tonight, after the unthinkable in newtown. the first of the young victims are laid to rest. tonight, what we now know about what happened there, and some surprising voices today calling for tougher gun laws. >>> plus, making a difference. this evening, an outpouring of kindness for a community shouldering an unbearable loss. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. the wave of sadness and national reflection continues tonight as reality set in a bit today in newtown, connecticut, a town that laid two 6-year-old boys to rest today after the president's visit there last night. while we learn more today about these victims and sadly more information about the gunman, his possible plans and schemes and this awful thing he carried out. and so to start off our reporting on a monday night after such a sad weekend in this country, we go back to the town that remains the saddest spot in our country, nbc's anne thompson is in newtown for us tonight. good evening. >>
NBC
Dec 18, 2012 6:30pm EST
>>> on the broadcast tonight, break silence. for the first time since the tragedy in newtown the nra speaks out as momentum now grows across the country to do something about guns. >>> held hostage. our own richard engel and his crew set free after being kidnapped for five days inside syria. tonight we'll hear from richard about what happened and how they made it out. >>> is there a deal in sight on that so-called fiscal cliff? that may hinge on how both sides define "rich." >>> and making a difference. it started as a simple idea. just being kind. tonight ann curry reports on the overwhelming response now being felt around the world. "nightly news" begins now. 6 captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> four days since the tragedy that altered our entire country, the gun lobby has spoken its first words on the subject. 9 national rifle association, routine teenl referred to as the most powerful lobbying in the country have been silent out of respect for the victims after one man took 28 lives including his own, 20 little school children in newtown, connecticut. along
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Dec 18, 2012 4:30am EST
check. >>> more and more gun advocates changing their mind. >>> all that, plus comfort guards in newtown. obama and boehner wheel and deal. >> announcer: this is "early today" for tuesday, december 18th, 2012. >>> good morning, this morning, we're learning more about adam lanza, the troubled 20-year-old who took the lives of 27 people last week including new details with his relationship with parents. adam's parents separated in 2001 and later separated in 2009. they said peter lanza cut off visiting adam around 2010. that was around the time that peter lanza began dating his new wife. peter lanza paid his ex-wife nancy just under $200,000 in alimony in 2012. friends say nancy lanza had not been working in recent years. adam lanza had, quote, no connections to the school where the massacre occurred. >>> students are returning to school this morning for the first time since the shooting massacre. meanwhile, more families will hold funerals. nbc's danielle leigh joins us. >> reporter: good morning. over my shoulder, you may be able to make out a christmas tree that's marking the memorial t
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Dec 18, 2012 5:00pm EST
. the heartache and the good buys continue in newtown, conn.. >> the town devastated by a savage attack is trying to work through funerals for 26 victims, most of them first graders. our correspondent joins us from newtown with the latest. >> good evening from newtown, conn., where it has been another rough day. students gathering to mourn two more classmates. the pain of saying goodbye has become part of everyday now in newtown. this grieving community buried two more at first graders today. jessica rekos led to plan and organize so much, their family calls per their ceo. james mattioli ended most of his days cuddled on the couch with his mom. >> they kept saying -- the boy had a big gun and a little gun. i could not -- i could not fathom what they were talking about. >> he found the boys huddled in his yard after they ran past the gunman to escape. >> the two boys just started talking. i had no idea what happened. they said "we can go back into the school." -- we cannot go back into the school. because our teacher is gone." >> students did go back today, except those from sandy hook elementary.
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Dec 27, 2012 4:30am EST
. >>> and officials in newtown, connecticut have a message for well wishers in the wake of the school shooting that claimed 26 lives. please stop sending gifts. they say they're overwhelmed with all the stuffed animals and toys. >>> meantime, newtown officials say they have a plan for all the flowers and gifts left at roadside tributes. george coley has that story. >> reporter: if the outpouring of love and support for the residents of newtown can be measured by the growing memorials spread throughout the community then it is overflowing. john and his son aidan from pennsylvania stopped to drop off flowers on the way to visiting relatives in massachusetts. >> we wanted to pay tribute to all the childrenard teacher who have lost their lives in this great tragedy. >> reporter: now, the town is making preparation for what to do with all the mementos. and the decision is to leave everything behind for the construction of a permanent memorial. the plan is to turn everything that's bio degradable into the soil. anything not bio degradable will be turned into cement blocks. newtown selectmen added th
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Dec 23, 2012 6:30pm EST
only interview since that tragedy in newtown and that defying announcement tuesday. >>> pulling back the curtain, what mir a he is son just revealed about his father's run for the white house that has a lot of people talking tonight. >>> i spy with my little eye. the government issues a warning to parents about who's tracking your kids, their personal information and what they're doing on all those mobile devices. >>> and how does he do it? >> he types is the house number and then the name appears up on the ipad. >> for the inside scoop on all things santa, we went straight to the experts. >> he showed me where the elves were. >>> good evening. after the his defiant and controversial response on friday to renewed calls for stronger gun laws in the wake of the connecticut school shooting, the head of the nra finally took questions today. wayne lapierre sat down with nbc's david gregory this morning to explain why he opposes an assault weapons ban and why he wants to address gun violence in schools with more guns. it is an emotional debate touching still-tender nerves over the deaths a
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Dec 25, 2012 6:30pm EST
: the gunman was well-fortified with weapons and ammo. the same model used in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting. tomasz kaczowka and mike chiapperini were killed. spengler killed himself. and late today, human remains were found in spengler's house and suspect they belong to his missing sister. >> microsoft is always the burning question. i'm not sure we'll ever know what was going through his mind. >> reporter: police are investigating whether the death of spengler's mother could help explain the motive for her son's christmas eve shootings. ron mott, nbc news, new york. >>> tonight, billions around the world are gathered with family and friends to celebrate christmas. at the vatican downlotoday, pop benedict called for peace. and today marks the 12th christmas in a row that american troops are serving in afghanistan. more than 66,000 u.s. service members are still there, many of them getting some time to attend church services and celebrate with a proper christmas lunch. >>> back in this country, amid neighborhood celebrations and family gatherings across the country, it's a somber c
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Dec 27, 2012 5:00pm EST
that those numbers are on the rice. the bushmaster rifle that adam lanza used in the newtown, connecticut killings was legally owned by his mother. he shot her four times in the head before going to sandy hook elementary school and killing 20 children and six female educators. calls for increased school safety, and at the same time, gun sales are on the increase. in november, there were more than 7200 gun purchase applications filed peeping >> we are projecting that we're looking at over 8200 barack applications being processed. >> more than 46,000 applications were processed. at the end of 2012, state police project 62,000 applications will be handled. state troopers will not speculate on why. some reasons are apparent -- the holiday season, some lawmakers proposing changes to gun laws. >> i think when people see schoolchildren slaughtered, they get the message that something has to change. that is our hope. >> last year maryland had 398 murders. 272 were committed by people using firearms. 260 happened by way of handguns. 5 by shotguns, three by an unknown firearms. >> i call on congres
NBC
Dec 18, 2012 6:00pm EST
are taking center stage in light of the tragedy in newtown. there's also additional attention to the access to mental health. lowell melser joins us with more. >> gun violence is a public health epidemic. >> the baltimore county police chief james johnson who also chairs the national partnership to prevent gun violence highlights what many officials around the state are feeling just days after the shootings in newtown, conn. and now the same elected officials are calling for new gun control laws. >> we must take immediate action to pursue reasonable gun safety legislation, not only in our state, but in our nation. >> over in county -- howard county, the county executive has pledged to look closer at school safety and mental health. he also supports looking at the current gun laws. >> hopefully we can agree there are basic steps that should be taken to ensure that people are responsible in owning a weapon and taking a look at what kinds of weapons are appropriate to be on the streets. >> senator mark -- senator barbara mikulski has weighed in as well, calling for a two-step approach, looking
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Dec 26, 2012 5:00am EST
. the rifle used in the attack is the same type as the one used in the newtown elementary school shooting. >> officers from surrounding jurisdictions philbin so that every newtown police officer could spend christmas with their families. they have been working nonstop since the shooting. dozens of people are also trying to pitch in. free panda bears were passed out to children on christmas eve. >> he served as bishop of bridgeport, connecticut. the archbishop said he was ever mindful of his previous conversation. >> my heart is with all the folks in newtown and asking the lord to give them healing and to let them know our solidarity with them in prayer. they have been inundated with so many things. our the y need are prayers. >> christmas day is a day of volunteering for the jewish community. families prepared winter care packages and stuffed teddy bears for homeless shelters. organizers say the day was important for the young children who participated. >> i have two young daughters. i want them to understand that the holidays are about giving back to everyone. >> more than 1000 care pack
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Dec 28, 2012 4:30am EST
snow. thanks so much, dylan. >>> coming up, a million-dollar t-rex smuggling ring. newtown shooter adam lanza's dna will be studied. and dock workers from maine to texas are threatening a strike. >>> plus who are hollywood's most bankable stars? you're watching "early today." o" >>> welcome back to "early today." scientists plan to study the dna of adam lanza the 20-year-old who shot and killed 26 people at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. on december 14th. they hope to find genetic signs of mutation or abnormality that could predict an inclination towards violence. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton will return to work next week after a stomach flu and concussion sidelined her three weeks. she may testify before congress next month about the report on security failures and the september 11th attack in benghazi, libya, that killed four americans. >>> some good news on law enforcement, the number of police officers killed in 2012 fell by 23%. with just four days left until the end of the year, 127 state and local offices died as compared to 165 last year. >>> nex
NBC
Dec 18, 2012 9:00am EST
to newtown and talk about the tragedy there. we'll talk to natalie in a few minutes, but also look at some of the gentle acts coming out of there, including some comfort dogs that have been brought in from chicago, just so kids and other people can pet them and feel a little bit better this week. >> we'll talk about the acts of kindness that people are doing as well just ahead in our take three. >> and speaking of take three, jenna bush hager will be joining us. she herself having been a teacher. we'll share some thoughts about that. and then we're going to take a turn toward the holidays. we've got three amazing gingerbread homes. these are more than homes. these are incredible structures. >> gingerbread mansions? >> some mansions. one is a cathedral. >> i've been nibbling at those all morning. is that wrong? >> i know. i wanted to speak to you about that. three finalists competing in our quest for the best competition. how will the cookie crumble? we'll find out. >>> also, if you still have christmas shopping, we have some must-have tech gifts for you from old school pacman, ghost lamp,
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Dec 18, 2012 7:00am EST
. of course, we'll get the latest from newtown, connecticut. natalie morales is there this morning where two more funerals for the victims of the shooting will be held today. we'll get to her, but we'll give you the latest developments. sandy hook elementary school remains closed today, but newtown's other schools are reopening this morning for the first time since the shooting. >> as for the investigation, police hoped adam lanza's computer would provide some clues about a motive, but they say it has been badly damaged and so far those efforts have been unsuccessful. we're also learning that lanza had been assigned a psychologist when he was a student at newtown high school. we'll have much more on all of these developments coming up. >>> we want to begin with the news we just received this morning. nbc's richard engel and his team were freed from captors in syria where they were held for five days. richard joins us now from turkey along with his photographer and producer. gentlemen, may i be the first to say it is so good to see your faces. richard, can you take us through and tell us what
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Dec 30, 2012 6:30pm EST
in an exclusive interview with nbc news. >>> the power of words, how writing a poem about the newtown school shootings landed a high school student in hot water did. she go too far? >>> the timeless message of one of our most sacred documents, the emancipation proclamation at 150. >>> and striking a chord -- ♪ with a new take on one of the greatest stories of all time. why "les mis" still resonates for so many. >>> good evening, the words being thrown around on capitol hill were not what anyone wanted to hear, major setback, impasse, sticking points and now late word there will be no vote tonight. the light shining on top of the capitol dome mean he is a this the hour you can the senate and house of representatives are still officially in session but not much is happening tell white house, the president awaits word of movement, all heavy-duty negotiating to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff is going on behind closed doors. we have correspondents watching it on both ends of pennsylvania avenue and we begin with nbc's kelly o'donnell on capitol hill with the very latest on the ongoing negotia
NBC
Dec 18, 2012 12:00pm EST
, late breaking, this is tv 11 news. >> good afternoon. students in newtown, conn. are back in school this afternoon for the first time since friday's shooting massacre. families are all the internals for their loved ones killed a that horrific crime. 11 news reporter daniel lee is a new town with the latest. >> code afternoon, the people in newtown are taking the first step toward moving forward. it is the start of the killing process that is sure to be long road. as students appear did not attend sandy hook elementary return to their classrooms, others are still struggling to cope. >> there were mortified. they were crying. there were upset. >> gene rosen learn about the shooting from students who escaped to his lawn after they watched their teacher protecting them. >> they said we cannot go back to the school. we cannot go back to the school because eric teacher is gone >> her friends and family will say goodbye during a wake. >> it is terrible about rebecca harriman attended a different elementary school that i don't ignore ever ready to send your child back to school after somet
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Dec 18, 2012 11:00pm EST
in newtown, school is back in session for everyone but the children at sandy hook elementary. at funerals resume in the morning. back-to-back funerals were held for two fifth graders. memorial services and wakes were held for some of the adult victims who died trying to save their students. >> whenever actions led -- i am sure they are the ones responsible. >> sandy hook elementary is still closed. furniture and equipment has been moved to a nearby facility in monroe. --did before the attacka law enforcement says they have found no items that could shed light on the horrific attack. authorities say lanza his mother at their home and took her car and some of her guns to the school, where he broke in and opened fire. after all the carnage, he shot himself. from the unconscionable act, the nation's conscience has awakened with regard to how violence and mental health problems can impact person. the national rifle association broke its silence -- the nra says its members are shocked and saddened and heartbroken by the murders in newtown and they are "prepared to offer meaningful contributions
NBC
Dec 24, 2012 4:30am EST
cruz. >>> days after the national rifle association's first public comments since the newtown massacre, critics are taking aim at the controversial plan to put armed guards in schools. the head of the powerful group is sticking to its guns on the explosive issue. one congress won't be able to do anything about until sometime next month. brian mooar has details. >> reporter: in his first interview after the connecticut shooting tragedy, nra chief wayne lapierre was defiant. >> look, a gun is a tool. the problem is the criminal. >> reporter: the powerful gun lobby and its allies insist gun laws aren't the answer. they want more guns in the hands of good guys. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy. >> people resisted having weapons on airplanes. but i oversaw the federal air marshals, and it's a deterrent. >> reporter: legislation will have to waited for the new congress to get settled in, but the debate is already underway. >> trying to prevent school shootings? schools without talking about guns is like
NBC
Dec 25, 2012 11:00pm EST
across the state have stepped up to fill in, so every newtown police officer can spend the day at home with their families. the department has been working nonstop since the shooting that left 20 students and sex educators said. the group passed out free hot chocolate, doughnuts, and panda bears tickets on christmas eve. the archbishop is keeping his thoughts on the community. he spent 11 years as bishop of bridgeport, connecticut. today, he celebrated his first christmas in baltimore, presiding over mess. hundreds of catholics were mindful of the community. >> we are remembering them, praying for them, asking the lord to give them consolation and healing. and certainly to let them know how our solidarity in prayer. they have been inundated with so many things -- cards, letters, phone calls. what they need our or careers and our love. >> the archbishop spoke about newtown after celebrating mass this morning. he's is at the top of the wish list for pope benedict -- peace is at the top of the wish list for pope benedict. he offered special prayers for syria, the middle east crisis, commu
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Dec 27, 2012 5:00am EST
:22. support pours into newtown, connecticut. a memorial that includes every gift and a letter. don't forget to e-mail us your response to our water cooler question of the day. will you be more likely to visit a maryland casino now that some are open 24/7? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> we near the two-week mark of the shootings in newtown. >> the residence have a plan for a permanent memorial. >> it is overflowing. they stopped to drop off flowers on the way to visiting family in massachusetts. >> we wanted to pay tribute in this tragic event. >> he is called the sidewalks home. he understands the importance of these memorials. he lost a loved one on 9/11. now they are making preparations with what to do with all the mementos. there will be a future permanent memorial. >> we will turn everything into the soil that is biodegradable. >> a phone message to residents that this will be sacred soil, visions for a better future and promises to remember the ones attack.the said attad the priest them joy to know
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Dec 17, 2012 5:00pm EST
. william laurie led the diocese that included newtown. >> we must present to end the culture of death and violence that is so much a part of our larger culture and so that our young people, our little ones, will be safe. quex also the archbishop joined stephanie rawlings blake and senator barbara mikulski and windy spencer at the dedication at the national civilian conservation corps campus in baltimore. >> american pediatricians say that thimerosol should not be banned. it was removed from most vaccines in 1999 because of concerns of being linked to autism or other neurological problems. since then, several reviews have found no such evidence. some experts say keep it out of the red states but in other countries with -- keep it out of the u.s. it is used to create multi dess vaccines and it can allow for more children to be vaccinated. we all know how important pap tests are to screen for cervical cancer. davitt happens to you is natural to think what is next. what can you expect if you get an abnormal test? ony bay had a test she was not prepared. >> i was -- it was always in the ba
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Dec 29, 2012 6:30pm EST
of course the school shootings in newtown, connecticut and the nra's call to station armed officers at public schools. >>> and the first step toward a potential lawsuit in connecticut after the shootings at sandy hook elementary. paperwork has been filed for a $100 million claim on behalf of one of the children who lived through the tragedy. a lawyer for the 6-year-old survivor claims she sustained emotional and physical trauma as a result of hearing the assault over the school intercom. it faults the board of education among others for failing to protect the children from, quote, foreseeable harm. >>> in orlando last night a show of solidarity with the newtown victims at the russell athletic bowl. in their game with rutgers virginia tech's players wore a large ribbon on their helmets that read, "58 prevail." it was a reference to the total number of victims from both the newtown, connecticut shootings and the virginia tech shootings. >>> an update tonight on former president george h.w. bush who has been hospitalized in houston since the day after thanksgiving. a statement from his
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Dec 18, 2012 2:05am EST
in newtown, connecticut. we're just -- hoda and i are going to just send our love to everybody here today and try to make a little bit of sense out of the senseless along the way. >> i think, you know, we've been hearing the news all weekend, and it's been so difficult to even be a bystander and listen, and i think the hard thing for all of us -- and i know even me at home -- when hurricane sandy hit, you could do something. you could send clothes, money. you could physically help them clean up. in this case you want to do something, but you're peeking into this really tragic, sad world, and the only thing i think a lot of people and parents can do is hug their kids and pray for those families, and i think there's a weird sort of -- don't you feel like a helpless feeling? you want to do something, and there's nothing worse than standing watching someone who is in pain and not being able to lean in and help. >> anybody that was complaining about anything before this happened, it puts everything into perspective, doesn't it? and the fact that there were not only 20 precious little lives, in
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Dec 17, 2012 6:00pm EST
in newtown. >> two people face charges after assaulting a bus driver. they wrestled to the bus driver while riding the 39 around 5:00 p.m. late friday afternoon, investigators said. they have been taken into custody on multiple charges including first and second- degree assault and the use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure. >> police made an arrest in a weekend shooting outside a charles village pub. this is the second shooting in that area in late night hours while the bars are letting out in the last couple of months. we have the latest. >> police tell us that this story is a prime example of why alcohol and firearms to not mix. francis kang was intoxicated when he shot into a group of people in the early morning hours sunday in downtown towson and where he was licensed to have a handgun. he was not permitted to carry it. >> i had -- the guy had have followed on drinking at a location all night and he happened to have a permit. it was unlawful. he should not have had the gun at that location. it was only for its business that he owns. he chose to pull that out and use it because
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Dec 22, 2012 6:00pm EST
streams in for the grief-stricken community of newtown, connecticut yes you did, yes you did. no i didn't, no i didn't. yes you did, yes you did. no i didn't, no i didn't. yes you did. did not. [ male announcer ] find some peace this holiday. get an 8 piece meal now with a dozen delicious cookies baked in-store. the kfc festive feast. all for just $19.99. today tastes so good. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] >> the painful tobias continue in connecticut. a local family held a funeral service for their little girl. josephine was born in maryland. killed inside sandy hook elementary school. the family says she will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and love of the baltimore ravens. mourners were asked to wear purple in her honor. josephine had been diagnosed with autism. you can donate to the address on your screen. be sure to specify your contribution is in memory of josephine gay. donations have poured in from all over the globe after the school shooting. united way has collected more than $2.5 million for the official memorial fund. private fund-ra
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Dec 22, 2012 11:00pm EST
are avoiding bankruptcy. money pours in from around the globe to help the residents of newtown. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] >> you are watching wbal tv 11. local and late breaking, this is a levin news tonight at 11:00 p.m. >> not even 48 hours into winter. this is video from earlier today. some areas of western maryland are reporting up to a foot of snow on the ground. here with more it is our meteorologist. >> they got pounded in western maryland. we had a windy day to day. gusts over 40 miles an hour. the good news is they are starting to die down that they will still remain strong into the evening. i want to show you right now, sustained winds of 13 miles an hour. the strongest part is in western maryland, 21 miles an hour and 16 in oakland. we will see wind from 10-20 miles an hour. we are not out of the woods yet. but things should die down by tomorrow. talking about a couple of flurries for christmas. see what happens. >> and we have team coverage of the winter weather. our reporter is downtown where crews have been preparing for potential pr
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Dec 23, 2012 10:00am EST
shooting at sandy hook elementary in newtown, connecticut and the debate over gun control has been revived. here with us exclusively this morning, the man at the ten ter of that debate, the ceo and executive vice president of the nra, wayne lapierre. i want to get right to it. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> you proposed armed guards in school. we'll talk about that in some detail in a moment. you confronted the news media, you blamed hollywood and the gaming industry but never once did you concede that guns could actually be part of the problem. is that meaningful contribution, mr. lapierre, or a dodge? >> david, i said what i honestly thought and what hundreds of millions of people all over this country will believe will actually make a difference. i can't imagine a more horrible tragedy. we all have 5-year-olds in our family in some way. we all put ourselves in that situation and have tears in our eyes. the nra, we have 11,000 police training instructors, 80,000 police families, we're 4 million members and we set down and we said what can w
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Dec 25, 2012 6:00pm EST
across the state have stepped up to fill in so every police officer from newtown could spend christmas at homes with their families. they have been working nonstop since the shooting that left 20 students and six others dead. dozens are trying to help come for the community. the group passed out free hot chocolate to children on christmas eve. while many americans celebrated at home, some were outdoors and a few were far away. for so it was a welcome relief for a day to rest before tomorrow. >> some of us had to work today, but not everyone. mother nature helped santa claus deliver a white christmas, from new england, to the hills of colorado, a winter wonderland for people of all ages. and there for a friends, too. after a last-minute frenzy in malls across america -- >> i am not going over my limit. >> american settled down for christmas. some will come to the holiday inn church, giving prayer's and thanks with their family. for americans in afghanistan, at a christmas feast with a reminder of life back in the states and the loved ones they left behind. >> i do feel homesick. >> i mi
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Dec 27, 2012 6:00pm EST
and it appears those numbers are on the rise. the bushmaster rival adam lanza used in the newtown killings was legally owned and registered to his mother, nancy lanza. she was also a victim of her son from a murderous rampage. police say he shot her four times in the head before going to sandy hook elementary and shooting 20 schoolchildren and six female educators. gun sales are on the increase. according to maryland state police, and in november there were more than 7200 gun purchase applications filed. >> we are projecting over 8200 purchase applications for december to be processed. >> more than 46,000 applications were processed and at the end of 2012, state police project at least 62,000 will be handled. troopers will not speculate on why, but some reasons are apparent. the holiday season, high-profile crimes, and lawmakers who advocate measures to change on lot. >> i think when people see school children slaughtered, they get the message that something has to change. that is our hope. >> according to fbi crime statistics, last year maryland had 398 murders. to hundred 62 were committ
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Dec 30, 2012 10:00am EST
are four huge things, you didn't mention after newtown, although i know you're thinking about it, new gun regulations. mayor bloomberg of new york told me couple of weeks ago on this program, that ought to be your number one agenda item. you know how hard this is. do you have the stomach for the political fight for new gun control laws? >> you know, david, i think anybody who was up in newtown, who talked to the parents, who talked to the families, understands that something fundamental in america has to change. and all of us have to do some soul-searching, including me as president. that we allow a situation in which 20 precious, small children are getting gunned down in a classroom. and i've been very clear that an assault rifle ban, banning these high-capacity clips, background checks, that they're a set of issues that i have historically supported and will continue to support. >> can you get it done? >> so the question is, are we going to be able to have a national conversation and move something through congress? i'd like to get it done in the first year. i will put forward a very sp
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Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm EST
? leaders have reacted to the shooting earlier this month at the sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut that left 20 children and six adults dead. there are reports that the mother of gunman adam lanza may have been seeking treatment for her son, but details of his mental health history are unknown. >> the task force here has taken a look at california's law. requires licensed psychotherapist to turn over the names of patients who threatened harming someone physically. jayne miller, wbal-tv 11 news. >> anne arundel county police are increasing their patrols at a bar and glen burnie as they investigate the third homicide in that area in three years. there have been three deadly shooting since 2009, the latest happening last night. investigators say they have a possible suspect, described only as an african-american male in -- 30's with that then bield with a thin build. >> i can tell you that the victim was found in the exterior parking lot. >> anyone with information is urged to contact the anne arundel county police department. >> the regular season is over and the afc cha
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Dec 18, 2012 6:00am EST
. >> this will be a difficult morning as students in newtown return to school since friday's shooting massacre. >> we get the latest from danielle leigh in newtown. >> each day, long lines bring thousands of tearful mourners to this little town. they are carrying candles, letters, and stuffed animals and laying them at this christmas tree. anything to honor the victims. >> we felt like we needed to do something. >> something to help out. >> students go back to class. but not sandy hook. police have locked down the school while the investigation continues. the district is preparing a middle school in a neighboring town. >> whatever we can do to head that way, we want to do now. >> today marks another round of grief, as families continue to bury their loved ones. the will be a viewing for the teacher who died shielding her students. >> what does anybody say? it is extremely difficult. >> the shooter had visited multiple gun ranges ahead of the massacre. they say he went with his mother, the legal owner of the guns. police obtained a broken computer found in his home. determine the motive may still be tedio
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Dec 22, 2012 6:30pm EST
.com. >>> we're back with the issue of guns in america following the newtown tragedy, specifically protecting schools with armed guards. yesterday the executive vice president of the nra called for just that in every school in america. it's a highly controversial idea but as nbc's charles hadlock reports some schools are going a big step further. >> reporter: in school districts across the country teachers, administrators, and politicians are debating ways to keep classrooms safer. a police officer now walks the halls in an elementary school in butler, pennsylvania, one of a growing list of school districts including marlboro, new jersey and orange county, florida hiring armed guards after the deadly newtown shootingins. >> we have armed officers in all 14 schools in the butler school district and plan to have that on a daily basis from now on. >> reporter: but soon it may be more than just armed guards patrolling the nation's public schools. lawmakers in at least ten states have said they'll consider laws allowing teachers and administrators to carry firearms. in tiny harrold, texas where th
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Dec 24, 2012 6:00am EST
. shooti hall >> the nation continues to wrap their arms around the grieving community of newtown, connecticut. >> we will update you on any >> we will update you on any promise spots to but the acidic levels in some foods can cause acid erosion. the enamel starts to wear down, and you can't grow your enamel back. my dentist recommended that i use pronamel, because it helps to strengthen the enamel. and i believe it's doing a good job. >> you're watching wbal-tv 11. live, local, late-breaking. this is 11 news today at 6:00 a.m. >> good morning. welcome back to 11 news today. i am jennifer franciotti. >> i am sarah call. thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> we are watching as moisture moves in from the south. this could start thout as an icy mix. 29 in westminster. we are talking about sleet changing over to rain. watch out for a brief period of some ice around baltimore throughout the late morning. >> just a few hours left before the clock runs out on those who have not finish their holiday shopping. >> several stores are open this morning. >> it is looking good. just a cou
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Dec 26, 2012 6:00am EST
stepped up to fill and so every newtown police officer could spend christmas with their families. dozens of people are trying to help comfort the community. there was free hot chocolate and donuts and panda bears handed out to kids on christmas eve. >> he was celebrating his first christmas mass in baltimore yesterday appeared the archbishop said he was mindful of its previous congregation. >> my heart is with all the folks in newtown and i'm asking the lord to give them healing and to let them know our solidarity with them in prayer. they have been inundated with so many things. with the cards, letters, phone calls. what they need are our prayers. >> president obama is cutting his vacation short to return to the nation's capital. hallie jackson has the latest. >> congress is heading backed to washington tomorrow. any plan may come down to the wire. president obama spent part of his christmas greeting troops in hawaii. >> we have the finest military in the world. >> tonight he leaves for washington and a state of gridlock as lawmakers struggle to come to a compromise. members of the hous
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Dec 23, 2012 11:00am EST
to say that the heroic teachers in newtown, connecticut, and first responders, won every american's highest regard but this show's about politics. in our political awards, our nominees are chief justice john roberts who we talked about earlier stiffed the other conservative justices, including scalia, and upheld obama care. next, those republicans in congress who broke publicly with grover norquist to support the idea of higher tax rates on the healthy, or, bobby and wallace edwards, parents of john edwards, who trooped behind him every day to that north carolina courthouse to stand with their son. or, was it this -- >> one nation, under god, indivisible, liberty and justice for all! [cheers and applause] chris: gabby giffords who survived an assassination attempt. sam? >> gabby giffords, when she did that, my heart sank. this brave woman coming back from -- she should have been dead. how did she survive? chris: she decided not to run for re-election and she knew she wasn't up for it. >> she made the right decision. chris: what about backbone? >> a republican hasn't voted for a ta
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Dec 26, 2012 4:30am EST
] >> reporter: in newtown, connecticut, it was a day of lingering heartache. empty stockings now filled with gift. first responders gave their time so the town's police could spend the day with their family. >> just the right thing to do. that's why we're here. something needs to be done and we're glad to be here. >> it's a pleasure helping out. >> police officers giving police officers time off, you couldn't ask for a better christmas gift. >> reporter: in the new york area where thousands are without homes because of hurricane sandy, volunteers are there. handing out toys, food and blankets at relief centers. >> for people to come out and help people, you can't put a price on that, you can't buy that. >> reporter: in places with direct tragedy, americans mark the day in their own ways while keeping those less fortunate in their thought 3s. >> when people are suffering, going through hardships, many, many people come to offer their help in whatever they can do. >> reporter: across the nations, americans attended church services and spent time with family and friends. at the mitchell of
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Dec 28, 2012 5:00am EST
the shooting tragedy in newtown, connecticut. there has been an increase in gun sales. in 7200 gun purchase applications filed in november. at least 62,000 more will be handled. troopers will not speculate as to why they have increased. >> as stall in negotiations could paralyzed shipping in the region. workers could go on strike in just a few days. kim dacey is live with details on a possible strike. >> it could be the biggest strike in 35 years. it affects about 2000 workers here in baltimore. about $51 billion a year goes through baltimore. 108,000 jobs are linked to activity at the port. negotiations are not going well. unless there is an agreement, there will be a complete shutdown of all ports from maine to texas. it could be a partial strike that affects cargo in containers. it could avoid a stoppage in automobile shipments. >> if containers were made to be the focal point, we think that would be an advantage for us. we do have other cargoes. >> the port of baltimore will keep two public terminals open tomorrow to allow as many trucks as possible to pick up that cargo. kim dacey, wba
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Dec 31, 2012 4:30am EST
to the families of newtown, connecticut. "early today" starts right now. >>> and a very good morning to you on this new year's eve. it's nice to see you this morning. i'm veronica de la cruz. we begin with secretary of state hillary clinton in the hospital. clinton was admitted to new york presbyterian hospital after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month. the clot was discovered during a followup exam sunday. she's being treated with blood thinners, and doctors will monitor the medication over the next two days. the 65-year-old clinton fell and suffered a concussion when she fainted while home alone in mid-december as she recovered from a stomach virus that left her severely dehydrated. clinton had been planning to return to work this week. >>> it is crunch time on capitol hill. senate and house negotiators have just a few crucial hours left to come up with a compromise to avert the looming financial mess. if they don't, here's what's going to happen -- everyone's tax rates will go up. $1.2 trillion in federal spending cuts kick in. the
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Dec 19, 2012 2:05am EST
thing that has happened is that they sent ten comfort dogs into newtown. i don't know if we have some video that we can go to. these are all german shepherds. >> i think they came 800 miles. >> golden retrievers. >> golden retrievers, that's right. where from, hoda? >> illinois. >> they're starting this up in more and more states because it works. they just are so loving and they're a safe place for people. >> really cool. >> look at those faces. ah. >> we were saying one of the problems with this -- there are a million problems with what happened in sandy hook, but people want to help and do something. we kept saying we know how frustrating it is because you don't -- it's not like a hurricane where you can give clothes or money or help, pull out drywall or something, but people are starting to do this thing where they're doing an act of kindness, and there's a thing going on on twitter and -- >> paying it forward. >> people are paying it forward, and a woman said she was in line at starbucks. she bought a coffee. she handed it to the guy behind her, and the man behind her said thank
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Dec 26, 2012 9:00am EST
a farm bill to the fiscal cliff legislation if a deal can be reached in time. >>> newtown, connecticut, police in neighboring communities filled in for newtown officers so they could all have the day off to spend christmas with their families. >>> school shootings, bad weather and threat of tax increases in january all helped to slow holiday shopping after a pretty fast start on black friday. mastercard advisers say before christmas, shopping increased seven-tenths of 1% from a year ago. retailers are hoping to make up for that today. >>> do you ever wonder how santa prepares for the weather? apparently he prepares by jumping into cold weather. how santa cools off after a grueling christmas eve of delivering presents. looks so refreshing and relaxing. that is the new. now back over to savannah, willie and maria. there you are. >> it's very refreshing, right? looks very refresh iing. cold air is in place and big snow heading up toward the ohio valley. that's the big weather story for today, along with that the chance for some very gusty winds, gusting to 40, 50 miles per hour. not out o
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Dec 23, 2012 5:00am EST
in connecticut. coming up what a group of retirees are doing for the folks in newtown. that's when we come right back. >> american pediatricians say thermerical a preservative should not be banned. it was removed from most vaccines because it was lifrned to autism or other problems. since then several safety reviews have found no such evidence. some experts say keep it out of the u.s., but in other countries, with fewer resources where children still die from preventive diseases, that's because it is used to create multidose vaccines which are cheaper and easier to use and can allow more children to be vaccinated. >>> chances are the gift we are about to share with you is not on your list but is on the list of someone you know. as deborah weiner and charles cochran show us, it is a gift without a price, even without a bow. >> these men say there are no two brothers closer. each other's best friend since they were little boys and about to be connected in a whole new way. >> it's pretty cold in here. >> tomorrow younger brother dovel, a school custodian, will donate his kidney to rondel, who is su
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Dec 18, 2012 5:00am EST
pulse 11. kim dacey. back to you guys. >> students in newtown, connecticut, are returning back to school. danielle leigh has the latest. >> each day long lines bring it thousands of tearful mourners to this little town. they are carrying candles and stuffed animals and letting them at this christmas tree. anything to honor the victims. >> something to help out. >> students go back to class. but not sandy hook. police have locked down the school while the investigation continues. the district is preparing a middle school in a neighboring town. >> whenever we can do to have that way, we want to do now. >> today marks another round of the grief as families continue to bury their loved ones. what does anybody say? >> the shooter had visited multiple gun ranges ahead of the massacre. they say he won with his mother, legal owner of the guns. police obtained a broken computer found in his home. >> we will do everything it takes to ensure we uncover every bit of evidence. >> so this community comes together and waits for answers. >> the talon comes together like this is amazing. i'm proud to say
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Dec 28, 2012 6:30pm EST
up this year in response to the tragic shootings in newtown, connecticut. >>> jean harris has died. she was the school head mistress who made headlines back in 1980 for killing her long-time recover, the doctor who wrote the scarce dale diet. the case inspired two television movies. she claimed it was an accident when she shot dr. herman tarnour in his estate in a suburb of new york city. jean harris was 89 years old. >>> as countless americans spend time with relatives this holiday season, consider a new law in china on family matters. it says those with aging parents must visit them, and often. just how often, it doesn't say. but according to the state media, parents who feel neglected by their children will be able to take them to court. >>> and a viral video has launched a kicker from norway to internet fame and beyond. 28-year-old hobart lugland has a crazy accurate left foot. his stunt kicks are so much fun to watch, he snagged more than 1 million youtube hits. he also has the attention of the nfl here at home, earning himself a tryout with the new york jets. good luck to him
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Dec 30, 2012 9:00am EST
of the survivors of the newtown school massacre says the state of connecticut didn't do enough to keep kids safe and wants to sue for $100 million. the attorney says the state failed to provide a safe setting for his clintd, an unidentified 6-year-old girl. he says after hearing gunfire, she was left with emotional scars. to howard county where police say they've cracked a string of burglaries that hit homes in columbia and ellicott city. nadia ramdass has the story. >> the alleged victim is concerned the man she accused of burglarizing her home will be on the streets again. this woman who asked us to conceal her identity lives in fear after coming face to face with a burglar at her howard county home. >> he knows who i am. >> police arrested kenneth vollmerhausen and charged him with multiple counts of burglary and theft. the ellicott city man was arrested in connection with a robbery at this home in the 2600 block of melba road in ellicott city on december 21, a day this woman won't forget. >> i said i've been a nervous wreck ever since. >> she came home to find a truck in her driveway. she th
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Dec 31, 2012 5:00pm EST
. >> a lot of people are questioning the timing and necessity of it at all. >> since the newtown, connecticut shooting, many have been questioning what can be done to better protect children are prevent another mass shooting like the one we saw two weeks ago. >> the swat team could be 20 or 40 minutes away. >> people should be able to protect themselves when they are in danger. >> we should be saved and feel safe. >> others are uncomfortable with the ideas of guns or other violent weapons in schools. >> it is very scary that it has come to this point. >> some question whether the simulation is an accurate representation of what could happen if you are armed in a shooting. >> i think in real life, you don't know what will happen. >>. was also to get a scientific analysis of the situation for homeland security to study. the simulators armed with a gun that was modeled after the one used in the sandy hook shooting. >> now, your forecast with meteorologist tony pann. >> no precipitation out there, just a couple of sprinkles in the mountains. one degree below average for this time of year. the hig
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Dec 26, 2012 7:00am EST
that are definitely hoping for a flurry of buyers that are hoping to get those post holiday buyers. >>> newtown, connecticut, police department, the entire force got the day off. cops from surrounding towns volunteered to cover their shift. newtown police have been working nonstop since 26 people, including 20 children, were killed over a week ago. >>> a coat just like t-- hat jut like the coach used to wear. what did he find? tickets to the sold out bcs championship game. >> we're going to the game, pop! we're going to the game! >> can't even believe it. pretty good christmas, i would think. it is now 7:16. back over to you, savannah, willie and maria. >> that's a live picture, actually. he's still -- >> that reaction doesn't surprise me at all. that's how big football is, especially alabama. >> tears of joy. >> that's great. >> cap and all. >> he was not that excited about the hat, we can reveal. but the tickets -- there you go. >> we're going to the game, pop! >> put it on a loop. >> how was your christmas? busy for the weather department. >> it was. it really was. widespread severe weather
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Dec 28, 2012 7:00am EST
with serious news from the election to superstorm sandy and of course the tragedy in newtown, connecticut. in our next half hour, we're going to look back at how we covered the news this year on the "today" show. 7:30 now on this friday morning. it's the 28th of december, 2012. i'm savannah guthrie alongside willie geist, who's in for matt. >> also this morning, something that will be hard for many families to swallow. the price of milk could more than double and very soon. as much as $8 a gallon. could be a real possibility. >>> then, would you hitch a ride with a perfect stranger? don't answer that, willie. new ride sharing apps are fast, cheap, and gaining popularity, but they come with some safety concerns. we'll tell you about this. >>> and millions of bats suddenly dying off in the united states. coming up, what is causing it and why it's so important to find a cure. >>> let's start this half hour with a law signed by russia's president overnight that bans adoptions by u.s. citizens. agonizing news for american couples looking to start or expand their families. nbc's michelle kosins
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Dec 23, 2012 8:00am EST
-third of the voters turned out at the polls >>> newtown, connecticut, while still in mourning over the deadly school shooting is being flooded with gifts from across the country, from people expressing their grief. social workers say while they are so grateful for the donations, including about 60,000 teddy bears, it is much more than the town can handle. they are suggesting that people do charitable work or make a donation in the victim's name. >> more than $2.6 million have been attributed to the town's official memorial fund >>> file this under random acts of kindness. a group of about 100 people at denver international airport wanted to say thanks to our troops who protect our country. they went to the airport and passed out stockings, full of candy, gifts, held up signs, anything they could. the group comes together every december 22nd to say a much deserved thanks to our troop. >>> nothing says holiday party quite like an ice sculpture and watching lester dance but mainly the ice. in northern china, it was all ice as their annual ice festival. with temperatures at 18 below, sculptors are build
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